One liners 14th February

• Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan made an unannounced visit to the Iraqi capital for talks on the sensitive issue of a continued U.S. troop presence after Washington withdraws from neighbouring Syria.

• Parliament passed a Bill removing leprosy as a ground for divorce under five personal laws, including the Hindu Marriage Act. The Rajya Sabha on the last day of the Budget session passed the Bill without debate after consensus on the issue.

• India’s apex National Board for Wildlife (NBWL), charged with allowing forest land in Protected Areas to be diverted for industry, cleared 682 of the 687 projects (99.82%) that came up for scrutiny.

• The government has introduced the Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian Bill, 2019 in the Parliament. The Bill aims to arrest the cases of Indian women being trapped in fraudulent marriages with non-resident Indians (NRI).

• The Centre has decided to set up a national law university in Uttarakhand. The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced that the national law university will be opened in Uttarakhand.

• Russia’s ace Daniil Medvedev has achieved his fourth ATP title after a triumph against finalist Hungary’s Morton Fucsovics in the Finale of Sofia Open 2019.

• India is to hold talks with U.S. to discuss trades and e-com rules. Due to the unavailability of the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster will lead a delegation of officials to hold talks with Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu.

• The Rajasthan Assembly unanimously passed a Bill giving 5% reservation in government jobs and education to Gujjars and four other nomadic communities.

• Sports and Youth Ministry in the meeting of Executive Committee of the National Games 2022 chosen the ‘Smiling Clouded Leopard’ to be the Mascot for the National Games 2022.

• The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 lapsed as the government failed to push it through Rajya Sabha despite a last- ditch effort as the term of the present Lok Sabha ends.

• Siddhartha Lal, MD and CEO of Eicher Motors won the EY Entrepreneur of the year 2018 after transforming Eicher Motors and helping the company resurrect the Royal Enfield motorcycle brand in India and making it a global brand icon.

• Republic of Macedonia officially changed its name to North Macedonia. Greece had been blocking Macedonia’s entry into the European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

• A Bilateral meeting between India and Germany 3rd Indo-German Environment Forum held in New Delhi. The outcomes of discussion made in Indo-German Working Group held in Delhi on 6th February 2019 taken up to higher alliance discussed in the forum.

• National Film Development Corporation of India declared winner under the Miniratna Category (Category II) by Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

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